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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 14, 2007 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

S.F. accent? I thought it was stoner hipster talk.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 14, 2007 8:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

a lot of guys did the stoner hipster talk schtick; George Carlin did a great parody of the style.

But Jerry brought something else to the table besides his stoney way of gabbing and giggling... it's that accent... how many other people can you think of in the "hip" beatnik head set can you think of that had speaking voices with similar accents as Jerry?

I wish it wasn't so hard to define... but I know what I mean!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 14, 2007 8:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

I know what you're getting at. Famus example - 5-8-77

" you see all these people are getting horribly smaaashed here" exmphasis on how he drags out the a in smash. Am I right? But now can you prove the SF connection? What other famous people who are from SF spoke like that?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 15, 2007 1:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

gawd, so many people must be streaming 5-8-77 at any given time, it's hard for slow burners like me using a 5 year old dsl modem running on fumes to que it up.

Finally got a chance to hear the step back stage banter.
yeah, it's the smash, also the way he says "so"... it's in almost every word, drawled or not.
But you get the picture; thanks for hearing my theory out.

Here's my final summation, the SF people's exhibits A-Z:

5 or 6 guys who had/have the "SF accent":

Dave McElhatten (retired KPIX tv news anchor)

Roger Boas (SF Mayor candidate, used car salesman)

Hank Harrison (author and The Warlocks' manager, he has a slight SF accent)

Tom Donahue (KYA dj and manager of Mother's - North Beach nightclub)

Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons (Giants KTVU baseball announcers)

Jerry Garcia (musician, scuba diver, painter)




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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

Tom Donahue is the only guys voice I can vaguely remember but I don't remember him sounding like that. I'll take your word for it. I'm from the East Bay which all the Penninsula snobs ( including Jerry ) look down their noses at. Whatever I always said. We had better weather : )

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

Tom Donahue is the only guys voice I can vaguely remember but I don't remember him sounding like that. I'll take your word for it. I'm from the East Bay ( so I'm an A's fan not Giants )which all the Penninsula snobs ( including Jerry ) look down their noses at. Whatever I always said. We had better weather : )

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 17, 2007 6:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

eventually I should be able to digitize that TOm Donahue promo, then have it where you can hear it for comparison's sake.

The San Francisco accent takes many forms, many strains, and is all but extinct - if it ever existed at all.

Smaaaashed!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 15, 2007 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

Donahue had a variation on the SF accent, so he doesn't sound exactly like Garcia...
I wish I had a link for at least that GD promo Tom Donahue did, and then you could hear a primo sample of der patois.

Meanwhile, I just caught a neat little example of Jerry G. talking SF style, right after Hard To Handle ends on March 8, 1970:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-08.sbd.9195.sbeok.shnf

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